House members debate day care bill

Mar 1, 2012

Legislation cracking down on unlicensed day care providers evoked emotional testimony in a House committee hearing.

A House committee debated legislation that would increase fines for day care providers that break the law and limit the amount of children a provider can look after.

Shelley Blecha, the mother of a child who died in the care of an unlicensed day care provider, says there must be limits on this number.

"The statistics will show that you know, children need more than just a bottle crammed in their mouth and their diaper changed, you have to show them love, how are you going to do that if you can watch any amount of children possible?" Blecha said.

While no representatives spoke against the bill, one did ask for clarification on the language of the bill.

The bill still awaits a vote in committee.